Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for Ypsilanti

Woohoo - a legit "Y" post! 

I've never visited Yspilanti, but it is a city in SE Michigan, so let's explore!

Ypsi was settled in 1809 by 3 French explorers. They built a trading post at the crossing of an Indian trail and the Huron River. By 1823, it was a small settlement named Woodruff's Grove - the first settlement in Washentaw County. In 1825, 3 local businessmen combined land and renamed the area Yspilanti after the Greek Patriot General Demetrius Ypsilanti. 

In 1941, the Ford Motor Company built their Willow Run plant in Ypsi and it was immediately converted to wartime production with a B-24 bomber rolling off the line every 55 minutes. 

Ypsi Water Tower
Originally known as the Water Works Sand Pipe, this was a part of the Ypsilanti water system installed in 1889, which included 85,580 feet of pipe.
One of the more interesting water towers I've seen.  I never would have guessed what it was. 

Ypsi Fire Museum

and also is the home of....
It looks like a nice place, with a large historical district and some pretty neat festivals and events. 

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